How a Generous Sponsor Uses His Company Match to Maximize His Giving

Girl, in a pink and black shirt, is standing on the sand laughing with another girl and a boy, both wearing yellow. Julenda is not part of the Child Sponsorship Program. There are trees in the background.

David Choi has been sponsoring a child through Compassion since he was a teenager growing up in Australia. When he moved to the U.S. for work in 2014, he began sponsoring a boy from Uganda who was the same age as his eldest son. Now, with two active boys and a career in product marketing for a Fortune 100 technology company, David stays busy, but there are two annual reminders on his calendar that are very important to him.

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How Local Churches Help Celebrate Local Traditions

Abo (left, standing) is pushing Kanyaporn (right) on an Akha traditional celebration swing. They are wearing their traditional clothing and there are trees in the background.

Compassion works exclusively with local churches — and for good reason. We believe no global entity is more capable, caring and called to act on behalf of children in poverty than the Church. On top of this, local churches are often also at the center of festivals and local traditions that are crucial to the fabric of the unique culture in which they exist. So … let’s take a glimpse into how local churches around the world go above and beyond to make registered children feel loved, appreciated and protected.

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3 Public Speaking Tips That Improved My Letters to My Sponsored Child

Boy wearing a blue shirt with white sleeves. He is standing in front of his bike and is holding a letter he received from his sponsor. Behind him is a tan brick wall.

Recently I went to a public speaking workshop. I never thought of myself as a public speaker before I had to give a three-minute talk on the topic of my choice to complete strangers. I wrestled with preparing my talk for nine months! But my mentor shared three tips that helped me — and I realized that these same tips could also be applied in letters to the child I sponsor.

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Facts About Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

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Uganda is home to bustling cities, breathtaking national parks and unique wildlife. And amid all its natural beauty, you’ll find even more beautiful people and culture. Learn some fun facts about Uganda that will help you get to know this vibrant and diverse country where nearly 126,000 Compassion-assisted children live.

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How These Sponsors Raised $120,000 for Children in Poverty

A group of beneficiary children are standing outside with their heads together and are looking down at the camera.

Thinking about hosting a fundraiser for charity but not sure where to start? Matt Vermeer is a sponsor in Michigan who co-founded a golf fundraiser 10 years ago that has raised $120,000 for Compassion and helped find sponsors for 17 children! We asked him to share his secrets to hosting a successful fundraiser that people can’t wait to attend.

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Facts About Nicaragua: The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

Girl wearing a green dress and pink sandals and is sitting with a friend, wearing a white shirt, a red skirt and black sandals. They are sitting in one of the newly constructed classrooms of a Compassion center. The project tutor is in the front of the classroom, wearing a red plaid shirt and blue pants.

Nicaragua is home to beautiful Caribbean beaches, active volcanoes and Central America’s largest lake. And amid its natural beauty, you’ll find even more beautiful people and culture. Learn some interesting facts about Nicaragua that will help you get to know this vibrant country where so many Compassion-assisted children live.

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Let’s Make 2021 an Epic Year of Gratitude and Praise

A woman wearing a white dress and cape with red plaid decorations. She is standing outside with her hands together in front of her and her eyes closed.

The only way through hard times is … well, through it. You can’t go over, under or around difficult seasons. You simply plow through, one step at a time. Last year was hard. And that didn’t go away because the calendar flipped to 2021. But there is good still in the world.

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Facts About Togo: A West African Treasure

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Togo is a small West African country tucked in the midst of Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso and bordered on the south by the Gulf of Guinea. Let’s learn some interesting facts about Togo – the home of over 66,000 Compassion-assisted children.

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Best of the Blog 2020: Your Favorite Stories of the Year

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As you might expect during an incredibly challenging year, your favorite stories on the Compassion USA blog were inspirational ones. The most popular blog posts we shared during 2020 were those that showed the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability for God to redeem the most desperate situations. Here they are — your five favorite stories on the blog during 2020. May they inspire you all over again — or for the first time if you missed them before!

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How a Brave 12-Year-Old Girl Escaped From Forced Marriage

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Yerosen* shudders every time she remembers that day — the last Thursday of May 2020. As much as she tries to forget the three months she spent in the hands of her abductor, the nightmare still haunts her. It probably always will.

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Facts About Mexico: Home of Ancient Civilizations, Stunning Landscapes and Vibrant Cultures

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Mexico is a beautiful country found in southern North America. From its rugged, arid northern region to its tropical southern border, Mexico features diverse landscapes and cultures. Today we’d love to celebrate this wonderful country where over 58,000 Compassion-assisted children live! Here are some fun facts about Mexico.

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The Thoughtful Christmas Surprise That Relieved a Worried Mom

Joselin, Mayte, Jenny (mother), and Javier are inside their home. Two of the children are holding Christmas gifts and they are wearing Christmas hats.

Jenny was worried. The mother of three had been working daily in the fields, trying to recover what little remained of her corn crops after they were pummeled by hail. But the damaged crops weren’t even her biggest concern — it was the approaching Christmas without her husband. As Jenny wondered what the holiday would be like without him — and whether her family would have enough to eat — staff at her children’s Compassion center were planning a beautiful Christmas surprise.

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